So you’re about to take the NCLEX, and you’re wondering if you should bring a pair of headphones.
After all, you’ve heard that some questions can be pretty tough, and you want to make sure you can focus.
No, you cannot bring your own headphones or earplugs to the NCLEX exam. It’s NOT allowed. On the other hand, earplugs are available at the testing site if the nursing student requests one.
As stated above, you’re pretty limited on what you can bring to the NCLEX.
Minus a government-issued ID (i.e., driver’s license), they really don’t want you bringing anything else to the Pearson Vue testing site. This is especially the case for headphones, which for very obvious reasons, are also not allowed.
What you can do is request earplugs when you get to the testing site, and according to the NCSBN website, you’ll be provided with one.
This will inevitably lead to another question you might have, which is what are the pros and cons of using earplugs?
There are a few benefits to wearing earplugs during the NCLEX and a few cons. Let’s start with the advantages.
First of all, it can help you focus. If you’re easily distracted by noise or tend to get nervous in testing situations, having a pair of earplugs can help block-out distractions and give you some peace of mind.
Secondly, wearing headphones can also help drown out any background noise in the testing room.
Even if it’s not particularly loud, things like the air conditioner’s hum or people shifting in their seats can be enough to break your concentration. Ear plugs can help minimize those distractions so you can focus on the task at hand.
If you’re accustomed to taking tests with earplugs on (or headphones), then it would make sense if given the opportunity to continue doing what makes you feel comfortable.
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Of course, wearing earplugs has a few downsides, but they primarily come down to this.
If you’re not accustomed to wearing earplugs while taking a test, I wouldn’t recommend starting the day of the NCLEX examination.
Considering how nervous you will be, I don’t think it would help to suddenly change how you take a test.
Besides, it’s unlikely that given the nature of NCLEX testing facilities, it will be very noisy.
So should you bring headphones and earplugs to take the NCLEX? Nope, you’re not allowed, but you can request for earplugs at the testing site.
Should You wear earplugs during the NCLEX? If that’s what you’ve always done for exams, then sure, why not? Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t start something new for the NCLEX.
Whichever way you choose to go, just remember that ultimately what’s most important is that YOU feel prepared and confident going into test day!
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